linux – Execute Python script via crontab

linux – Execute Python script via crontab

Just use crontab -e and follow the tutorial here.

Look at point 3 for a guide on how to specify the frequency.

Based on your requirement, it should effectively be:

*/10 * * * * /usr/bin/python

Put your script in a file starting with


Then give execute permission to that script using

chmod a+x

and use the full path of your file in your crontab.

See documentation of execve(2) which is handling the shebang.

linux – Execute Python script via crontab

As you have mentioned it doesnt change anything.

First, you should redirect both standard input and standard error from the crontab execution like below:

*/2 * * * * /usr/bin/python /home/souza/Documets/Listener/ > /tmp/listener.log 2>&1

Then you can view the file /tmp/listener.log to see if the script executed as you expected.

Second, I guess what you mean by change anything is by watching the files created by your program:

f = file(counter, r+w)
json_file = file(json_file_create_server.json, r+w)

The crontab job above wont create these file in directory /home/souza/Documets/Listener, as the cron job is not executed in this directory, and you use relative path in the program. So to create this file in directory /home/souza/Documets/Listener, the following cron job will do the trick:

*/2 * * * * cd /home/souza/Documets/Listener && /usr/bin/python > /tmp/listener.log 2>&1

Change to the working directory and execute the script from there, and then you can view the files created in place.

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